Drug Interaction Information

Written by Tara Peris
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Growing case loads and the constraints of modern managed care require most pharmacists and doctors to use pamphlets to disseminate drug interaction information. With less and less time to devote to each patient, doctors must be efficient with how they use their office visits. For many physicians, this means sending informational packets home and suggesting patients call with questions as they arise.

Most of us are familiar with the collection of pamphlets that line the walls of a doctor's waiting room. They cover an array of subjects from STDs and birth control to cures for chronic back aches and the common cold. What few people realize, however, is that these handouts are intended as more than casual reading material.

Effective Ways to Disseminate Drug Interaction Information

One of the best ways to educate patients is via pamphlets that can be taken home at the end of the medical visit. Whether providing drug interaction information or tips for smoking cessation, these handy guides serve multiple purposes. At the broadest level, they are educational devices that can supplement (and, in some cases, spark) dialogue between the physician and the patient.

However, their utility extends beyond this initial conversation. Because these written guides are portable, they can be taken home and consulted at leisure. For many patients, this ensures that drug interaction information and other medical advice remain handy during the times when they need it most. This, in turn, creates the best of both worlds, providing patients adequate education and allowing doctors to use their time in the clinic efficiently.

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